It's what's on the inside that counts
Mary Stanley Gelato Artisan
Mary Stanley is the owner, wine buyer, pasta maker, gelato artisan and chocolatier for the Turtle Restaurant,  Gelateria and Enoteca. She crafts well over sixty different flavors of gelato and sorbetto to fill the twelve pans of the gelateria’s gelato case.


She has studied chocolate making with master chocolatier Jean-Pierre Wybauw, and the art of entremets with Spanish master Ramon Morato. Mary earned diplomas in Artisan Pasta and Breads from Manuelina Culinary in Brescia, Italy. The Turtle Gelateria was a finalist in the North American Stage of the Gelato World Tour, and a participant in the finals held in Rimini, Italy in 2014.  She is a black straw tasting judge for the Texas Honey Bee Keepers Association and a life time member of the American Honey Tasting Society.


The Turtle Restaurant wine list received an award of distinction from Wine Enthusiast Magazine in 2010. Mary is T Certified in Tequila from the Consejo Regulador Del Tequila,  Mexico. She received a partnership award from the wine region Rioja DOCa (Qualified Designation of Origin), Spain in 2014.  The Turtle Restaurant claimed a 2 Star Award from World of Fine Wine Magazine in 2017. Judges evaluated over 4,500 wine lists in 2016, and just over 800 wine lists were winners of a one, two or three star award. Judges commented that the wine list was “clever and consumer friendly,” a two-star award in its first appearance is evident of its high caliber.

She is left handed and has a BFA in Sculpture from the University of Illinois